Research Assistant - Applied Ecology

North Carolina State University
February 19, 2023
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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Posting Details

Posting Information

Posting Number PG192326EP

Internal Recruitment No Working Title Research Assistant - Applied Ecology Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate wtih Experience Work Schedule Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm Job Location Raleigh, NC (Starting October 2023 - Mississippi, MI) Department Applied Ecology About the Department

The Department of Applied Ecology integrates aspects of the broader fields of biology, ecology, genetics, toxicology, conservation and living resource management into a focused unit that employs novel approaches to confront local problems and global challenges. The department engages in highly collaborative research, education, and extension efforts that offer direct, practical solutions to current challenges in environmental and human well-being.

Essential Job Duties

The Research Assistant will oversee a multi-year black bear study in coastal North Carolina as part of the Hostetter Lab at North Carolina State University. The successful candidate will perform all duties, both in the field and laboratory to support this work and be able to independently conduct projects to this end. Because this is a new project, the successful candidate will be responsible for helping design and conduct research activities with a high degree of independence, in collaboration and consultation with the lead PI.

Essential job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Independently support, develop, design, and execute research activities, included but not limited to data collection, processing, organization, and day-to-day management of multiple technicians.
  • Oversee fieldwork, including landowner outreach, hiring technicians (>15 seasonal technicians), ordering supplies, field data collection, maintenance of hair snares, and organization of data.
  • Communicate project results by leading reports, presentations, and co- authoring publications.
  • DNA extraction from low quantity samples (training provided) with opportunities to train and implement GT-seq methods to identify individuals.
  • The successful candidate will work closely with scientists at North Carolina State University, USGS North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Mississippi State University, and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

    At present, this position has funding for up to 24 months and is contingent on the continuation of funding.

    The position will be located in North Carolina prior to the field season (January-April), during the field season (May-September; shared housing available, work vehicle provided), and assist with laboratory work at Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS) after the field season is complete (October 2023 through January 2024).

    Other Responsibilities

    Perform other related duties as assigned.


    Minimum Education and Experience

  • Master's degree in ecology, wildlife, or related field.
  • Other Required Qualifications

  • Must have the knowledge and ability to work with minimal supervision necessary to perform duties at a high level, oversee technicians in routine operational duties, and prioritize day-to-day workloads.
  • Must have an understanding of good field survey practices and research design in order to independently respond to a changing environment and modify schedules to ensure collection of quality data
  • Must understand scientific principles to design, plan and carry out research projects in collaboration with Lead PI.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Field work experience, preferably managing multiple technicians.
  • Strong interpersonal skills as daily interactions with landowners, state agency personnel, and other stake holders will occur.
  • Willingness to work early mornings, late nights, and weekends when necessary.
  • Previous laboratory experience or a strong desire to learn methods.
  • Experience with GIS and R.
  • Required License(s) or Certification(s)

  • Valid Driver's License or the abiliy to obtain one in 60 days of hire.
  • Regularly drive pick up trucks for > 3 hours/day and occational use of an ATV.

    Valid NC Driver's License required Yes Commercial Driver's License required No

    Recruitment Dates and Special Instructions

    Job Open Date 01/09/2023

    Anticipated Close Date Open until filled. Special Instructions to Applicants

    Please attach a Cover Letter, CV, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

    Position Details

    Position Number 00109862

    Position Type EHRA Non-Faculty Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week) 1.00 Appointment 12 Month Recurring Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events Mandatory - Medical Emergencies Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No Department ID 112101 - Applied Ecology AA/EEO

    NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

    If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected].

    Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

    NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • How did you learn of this opportunity?
  • NCSU Website
  • NCSU Executive Search Services
  • Other Online Job Board
  • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
  • Job / Career Fair
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • HERC
  • Professional Journal
  • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
  • Professional Organization
  • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
  • NCSU Employee Referral
  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
  • Other
  • If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Do you have, or will you have by the start date, a Master's degree in ecology, wildlife, or related field?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Have you independently designed and managed a large-scale field project?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Do you have at least 2 years of field work experience?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Have you been responsible for reviewing applications, hiring, and training technicians?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Application Materials Required

    Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact Information for References
  • Optional Documents

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